Food Review: Garden Terrace, Swiss-Inn Sungai Petani

JenjalanKami is excited to share our next food review on lunch menu at Garden Terrace in Swiss-Inn Sungai Petani, located in Kedah!

If you have been following this blog closely, you would have known that we have previously reviewed another cafe in Sungai Petani for their Ayam Gebuk Lunch Set. So, what makes Garden Terrace different? Read on to find out!

1. Be prepared for the ‘tower’ of Ais Kacang

Seriously, it’s a tower! We struggled to finish this, even with a family of 3 adults & 1 child (OK maybe because the adults are small eaters, and the child was sleeping).

Our toddler was in his own sweet dreams, so it was up to us to finish the Ais Kacang! Luckily it tasted so good, even Shafa’s mom was really excited digging in (watch below video)!

Thank you, Ibu! And we’re really glad you enjoyed it.

2. Perfectly breaded Fish & Chip

Well, don’t ask who ordered this. Shafa is THE fish fan in the family, so it’s definitely hers. She’s trying to make our toddler a fish fan too.

Unfortunately, our toddler fell asleep, which left Shafa alone to finish those BIG breaded fillets of fish… And she happily ate them. It was served with french fries, creamy coleslaw and tartar sauce. Delicious!

3. Crunchy Chicken Chop

Shafa’s mom ordered Chicken Chop. It was really crunchy! This is actually the chef’s specialty, and served with french fries and vegetables. You can choose to have it with either mushroom sauce or black pepper sauce. She wasn’t really a chicken fan, but the fact that she’s eating a big portion of it was a good sign!

4. Creamy Cream Of Mushroom

We ordered the Cream Of Mushroom for our toddler, but we ended up finishing them ourselves as he fell asleep. The soup was creamy, and served with garlic bread. You can never go wrong ordering this for your toddler anywhere!

5. Choices of pasta selections

Pasta lovers, worry not. For Garden Terrace got you covered! They offered spaghetti with a selection of aglio olio, napolitana or spaghetti bolognaise (Yusof’s choice). He ate them without talking much, to the very last bite. Must be pretty impressive!

6. From healthy drinks to the sugary ones

As much as we would love to promote the healthy drinks, we were guilty as charged to order the sugary ones! Our choices of Cold Tea and Cold Coffee were perfect to quench our thirst.

Of course, they also have a wide variety of beverages from hot and cold drinks to freshly squeezed juices, carbonated drinks, milk shakes and healthy drinks! By healthy drinks, we mean Pegaga Juice, Cucumber Juice and Tomato Juice. Awesome, right?

So, what do you think of all the food & beverages here at Garden Terrace in Swiss-Inn Sungai Petani? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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D’Wharf Hotel & Serviced Residence: For Food And Attraction Hoppers

D’Wharf Hotel & Serviced Residence is strategically located in the heart of Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

The Hotel is accessible via the North-South Expressway and is about an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. It has 303 fully-furnished rooms including luxury rooms with sea views over the Straits of Malacca. It also has superb meeting rooms, making the hotel a main destination for business with the incredible sea views and town views. D’ Wharf Hotel & Serviced Residence is the perfect choice for both business and leisure, which provides the best service in hospitality.

We got to book a stay with them and we were greeted with a nice queen bed set up. A small living space is located just behind the bed.

There is also a small dining area with just enough space to eat if you will bring some food in your room or if you want to prepare something instant in the mini kitchen. Their mini kitchen has the basic equipment for a coffee and enough to warm some take outs.

There is also a main bedroom with a full window where you can enjoy the view of the beach and PD waterfront (which is basically the best place to be if you are looking for many food options)! The hotel is located just across PD Waterfront.

The main reason we booked a stay here was their Ramadan Buffet. More details on the food and set up in our Ramadan Buffet post.

You can also check the view of the pool from above! It looks so inviting especially that my toddler loves the water.

But one nice thing about this hotel is that you can add an additional bedroom with a king-sized bed with their very strategic architecture. An additional room with bathroom is available via a connecting door! Watch the above video to see it!

There is a common bathroom, though, if you will opt out of an additional room. The bathroom has enough space for a shower and a mirror. Basic toiletries are also provided.

One of the experiences here is to be able to witness a beautiful sunset view with Genting Dream Cruise in the background. You can even have the same background if you take a picture by the pool! Talk about a very awesome view!

There are also convenient vending machines and games for kids at the hotel. Perfect if you are traveling with kids, like us, so they won’t get bored and have additional activities aside from swimming. The vending machine is a favorite for us, especially when we crave for late night easy snacks!

We had dinner (which we already talked about in previous post) and took a beautiful picture in front of the hotel during the night. We can just crossed the street and walk a bit to experienced PD Waterfont’s food truck event, but we opted to drive for the convenience of Shafa’s 69-year-old mom.

Watch below videos, recorded live on Facebook, to have some idea on The Food Truck Carnival!

We had some rain in the morning but that didn’t stop us from exploring more of the hotel. We passed through the beautiful swimming pool (which had a viewing deck nearby) to be able to reach the breakfast place. What a lovely stroll in the morning!

They have varieties of food offered during the breakfast buffet. Watch below live video, recorded on Facebook, to know more about their breakfast buffet!

Because of too much food and dining experiences in the area, it was very refreshing to be able to see their gym and playground located just beside the pool area. It made the guilt from all the eating less! The area is well put up specially for kids’ safety.

Upon checking out, we waited in their nicely decorated area, leaving a smile on our faces even if we were already leaving.

It was a great experience from beginning to end, indeed. Highly recommended!

Food Review: Reef Cafe at D’Wharf Hotel & Residence

JenjalanKami is so thrilled to be given the opportunity to experience stay at D’Wharf Hotel & Residence, located in Port Dickson. Full review of the hotel will be out soon.

In this particular blog post, we would like to highlight the various dishes available at Reef Cafe. This cafe is located at the Ground floor of the hotel.

They offer varieties of appetizers, but we did not try any of them. However, we did try Cream Of Mushroom Soup – it was delicious!

The Cream Of Mushroom Soup comes together with garlic bread. We originally ordered this for our toddler. He loved the soup!

This soup is available for RM8.90.

Small eaters? Worry not – they offer Bite’s Selections specially for those that just want to have some bites at the restaurant. You can also choose to eat pasta if you love Italian food!

And if you’re like Shafa’s mom, rice is a must! We tried the Reef’s Nasi Lemak, and it tasted not bad.

The nasi lemak is served with sambal, anchovies, chicken rendang (our favourite!), boiled egg, cucumber and peanut. It’s very filling – Shafa’s mom even shared it with everyone!

The dish is available for RM14.90.

Lovers of western food, no worries. You will get a wide selection of western food here! Though it’s very tempting for lamb lovers like Shafa to order the Grilled Lamb Chop, she decided not to – at the end of the day, she still need to finish our toddler’s food!

And for those sweet tooth out there, these desserts are specially for you! They even have Vanilla Creme Brulee to satisfy your cravings.

Last but not least, are the beverages. We opted for the Freshly Squeezed Oranges and Apple. Trying to stay healthy here after indulging loads of amazing food!

They were really fresh, indeed! Vibrant colours with real fruit taste, these are definitely must-have to accompany your meals!

The freshly squeezed fruits are available for RM9 each.

And that sums up our review for today. What are your thoughts on the food available here at Reef Cafe? Drop your comments below!

The Buzz And Royal Gourmet: July And August Promotion Food Review

JenjalanKami is so excited to bring you our next food review – The Buzz and Royal Gourmet, two restaurants located in Premiere Hotel Klang, for their July and August menu!

We were warmly greeted by the staff upon arrival. Great customer service!

The moment we came into the restaurant, the set up for photography was ready. So efficient!

Now, let’s dive in to how the food tasted – starting from the new menu for The Buzz!

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Ikan Bakar Tepian Tebrau. Interesting name, isn’t it? It’s really the exact location where the chef was inspired to came up with the recipe.

Now, if only we can be like him – tasting a good food and try coming up with a recipe when we got home. This blog could turn into a cooking blog!

The fish comes together with rice, so it definitely is very filling. Believe us, it tastes just as great as how it looks (we rated a perfect excellent for this)!

We love the mix of sourness, and the level of hot is tolerable. Though we personally think it would be nicer if it is more hot. Then again, we are used to Negeri Sembilan & Javanese cooking, so probably we have different taste preference with the local Klang people in terms of the hot level.

The set is available for RM32.

Looking for finger foods during lunch time? No problem, they have Carbonara Chicken Spring Roll!

As you can see, it is very well-presented with beautiful mix of salad and tomatoes. Such a healthy lunch!

The wrap is crunchy with creamy carbonara sauce – prepared with the right mix of chicken and vegetables inside. We loved the taste, and thus, rated a perfect excellent for this dish as well. However, we personally think it would taste better without the peas (hey, we’re not peas fans).

The dish is available for RM20.

Pasta lovers, we hear you! This dish is called Pasta Vongole Pesto With Clam. The look is nice and the portion is great! But since we are not familiar with pesto, we think it tasted average. But worth a try!

This dish is available for RM25.

And now, let’s move to the menu for Royal Gourmet!

This tasty-looking dish is called Claypot Glass Noodle with Fresh Water Prawn, and has a great mix of vegetables and prawns. It’s a little bit salty to us, but just nice to tone down the strong taste of the vegetables.

But we have to tell this – the prawns were so juicy! So, all you prawn lovers out there should try this dish if you happen to be around town. As you can see, the portion is very big – definitely can accommodate big eaters!

This dish is available for RM32.

Last, but not least, is the Sizzling Honey Glaze Chicken. This particular picture is credit to our dearest friend Reen Borhan, who helped taking some pictures as back up. Many thanks!

These sizzling bites of chicken in sweet honey glaze is delicious, especially since it’s served hot! The presentation and the portion size are also great. We love it!

This dish is available for RM28.

Overall, we absolutely love and highly recommend people around the area of Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang, to try out their new menu. Kudos to Chef Noor Hisham Bin Mohamed Yusof and Chef Mohd Rosnan Bin Jaraih for preparing the awesome food!

Also special thanks to Mr. Azmi Tajudin for arranging the food & beverage, as well as Mr. Shamsul Fariz Mohd Sharif for inviting us.

What do you think of their new menu? Drop your comments below!

Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur – An Elegant Stay With Great Food

Offering a range of elegant hotel rooms and serviced apartments, we picked the Oakwood Hotel & Residences, Kuala Lumpur to be our home for a 2-nights stay. This hotel is perfectly located in te Kuala Lumpur city while not far from the Petronas Twin Towers, so it is just right if you want to walk around the area and visit tourist spots.

They offered variety of rooms that would fit every guest needs from a Deluxe Room to a 2-Bedroom Apartment. When we walked into our room, we were pleasantly surprised to see the very smart division between the bedroom and the living room with mini kitchen.

It was quite spacious that our son was able to run around in circles without bumping to the furniture. Watch the above live video, recorded on Facebook, to see how the room looks like, and the cheekiness of our toddler!

The kitchen had cutlery, plates, bowls, a microwave oven and a rice cooker if you want to eat inside the room. The counter top also had enough space and was arranged neatly with the basic hotel complimentary coffee, tea and water. There was also a mini fridge in one of the cabinets that will be very useful to breastfeeding mothers for proper milk storage.

The bed area also had enough space to fit our things in. The closet had the usual safe, iron and ironing board. There was also a study table in one corner if you need to have a quick look at work or businesses you need to attend to.

The bathroom was really nice. It had a very relaxing shower and a clean space – you’d be comfortable to spend your morning and night grooming sessions. But what really made us smile was that the room had 2 flat screen TVs, which means that we don’t need to give way to children’s shows because we can just watch in the living room while our toddler watches his favorite shows from the bed (and vice versa) !

As to the facilities of the hotel, the pool and the gym were located just beside each other. Watch below live video, recorded on Facebook, for a tour around the swimming pool and gym.

Our son was enjoying the pool with his dad while his mom tried to burn some calories on the treadmill while watching them. This is awesome for moms who want to have a personal time at the gym but need to keep an eye on their kids enjoying the pool!

On the same day, we wanted to visit Suria KLCC, which was very near to the hotel.

If you will be staying at Oakwood Hotel & Residences, this will be your go-to place for shopping, dining and attractions in KL. From here you can easily access the following spots to visit:
• Petronas Twin Towers
• Esplanade (Lake Symphony)
• KLCC Park
• Petrosains Discovery Centre
• Petronas Art Gallery
• Aquaria KLCC
• Kuala Lumpur Convention Center
• Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
With this list just in the area, you will definitely have a down time. If these are not your thing, you can always explore restaurants or go shopping because they always offer good deals.

The next morning we enjoyed the breakfast buffet! There was a wide variety of food that will accommodate not just the adults but the kids’ hunger as well. Watch below live video, recorded on Facebook, for a tour around the breakfast buffet.

We bid goodbye to the hotel and we got a token of thank you for the stay.

We didn’t know that we’ll find our favorite mug in here! Thank you Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur for the stay and thoughtful gift!

Top 3 City Destinations That Will Make Your France Road Trip Perfect

France is definitely a great country to visit. Not only because of its beautiful landmarks and sceneries, the people are also very friendly and helpful. However, be ready with some very basic French vocabularies, such as “combien” and “un” to “dix”, as well as “tout droit”. These words will give you such a big help!

For a road trip with very limited time, Below are three top city destinations that you should include in your itinerary.

1. Lille

Perfect for old city lovers, Lille is a historic 17th century city. It offers historical landmarks, museums, heritage sites, shopping, art, great hotels, and restaurants.

You don’t want to miss this city, especially since it is so easy to get to via Eurostar from London (only 90 minutes from London). As for us from Den Haag via Ouibus, it takes a mere 3 hours 55 minutes ride. Both of these will arrive at Gare Lille Europe (signboard in the picture).

The building in the picture is Garre De Lille Flandres, the main Railway Station of Lille. It is a terminus for SNCF Intercity and regional trains. It is only 500m walking distance from Gare Lille Europe, and both stations are adjacent stops on one of the lines of Lille Metro.

2. Rouen

Rouen is a vibrant city with beautiful architecture. The buildings of Rouen shows elements of a Norman architecture, such as half-timbered houses and Gothic cathedrals. Below are some of the buildings worth visiting in Rouen.

The picture is of Le Gros-Horloge (the big clock). It is a beautiful astronomical clock set within a Ressainance arch that stretches over the street bearing the monument’s name.

Other beautiful places and buildings include Historial Jeanne D’Arc, Old Market Square, Grande Pharmacie Du Cntre and the churches.

3. Paris

Visit to France is incomplete without visiting this city of love! Paris has so much to offer it’s visitors. The main one, of course, is the Eiffel Tower. You can choose either to pay more by taking the lift to the first or second floor, or you can pay less and use the stairs! You can skip the long queue by booking online, but be sure to book on a much advanced date, as it is always sold out! Alternatively, you may book your visit with a tour group, which is the fastest way to go up (with a bit more to pay, of course)!

The city is best explored by riding the hop-on-hop-off buss. It will take you to the tourists attractions around Paris. You can then visit Arc De Triomphe and Champs-Elysees, the best shopping place in France!

If you are an art lover, or just want to see the Mona Lisa, head over to the Louvre Museum! The museum is very big, you may want to use the map provided to visit the highlights of the museum, if your time is very limited.

These are the three cities suggested for the city lovers who are having road trip to France. Happy planning and have a great trip!

Europe Trip Day 2 Part 1 – London to Manchester

Our 2nd day of Europe Trip was quite a journey. Both of us are total suckers for public transport, so we decided to have our 2nd day trip by bus. Woohoo!

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Since we planned a lot of transportation & accommodations during our whole Europe Trip, we decided to use technology to organise ourselves. In this case, we used TripIt app.

TripIt is so useful when you have a lot of bookings on hand. Below is the print screen of how our 2nd day trip were planned in TripIt:

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As you can see, on 17 September at 7 a.m., I will be on board National Express NX540 to Manchester Coach Station. Then we will have another journey at 6.15 p.m. to Blackpool Central Coach Station, on board National Express NX333. I have also booked a 4 star TripAdvisor-rated B&B. All this in 1 single page.

If you click further, you will have more details. Below are the examples:

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Well, that’s our sharing for today. Will write again soon!
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Europe Trip Day 1 Part 3 – London

Here goes the 3rd part of our Day 1 trip. We have no idea why the picture uploading didn’t work for the rest of the pictures in the last post. Probably there was a limit? Let’s have a test today.

Ok, let’s continue to the rest of the journey that we had during the rainy day trip (yes, it rained for the rest of the day).

So here goes the rest of our London visit!

1. St James Park

The first picture was that of Shafa & her brother at St James Park. The scenery was beautiful, even in rainy days! This is Shafa’s favourite picture of Day 1, as it potrays perfectly a brother-sister bonding time.

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We are both animal lovers, and so we specifically love this park because of that. Just look at how adorable the ducks and swans at the below picture!

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And of course, one of the reasons why we love London so much is the fact that one attraction is located at a mere walking distance to another. As proven in below picture link.

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2. Trafalgar Square

Some travel books would suggest you to start your journey from Trafalgar Square. While it still depends on where you are based in London, starting you journey from Trafalgar Square may be a good choice. For us, specifically, we’re more than excited to take pictures with the lion statues, being a big fan to the Night at the Museum movie. He he.

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3. The National Gallery

We heard the National Gallery was good, but our time was too packed to explore. So we decided to just take a picture of it.

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4) Night View of the London Eye & Thames River

London at day is spectacular, but night view is even better! Below are the pictures taken at the Embankment, with view of the London Eye & Thames River.

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5) Tower of London & The Shard

Our first day was too packed! We did not have the time (nor the budget) to visit the Tower of London during the day. So we just had a stroll around the Tower of London at night. It was magnificent! And the view of The Shard just made it complete.

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6) Tower Bridge

Last but not least, the Tower Bridge. During the day, the Tower Bridge looks perfect. At night, the lightings made it look even more grand. In this particular picture, the Double Decker bus made it look even more London. 😉

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And so that completes our 1st day journey, Phew! Still long way to catch up.

Till then!

Europe Trip Day 1 Part 2 – London

Hi Everyone!

In our last post, we had shared some of the pictures taken when we had our Emirates Stadium Tour. Before we start to continue sharing pictures of the rest of our Day 1 London tour, let us share a bit on how we booked our stadiums tickets.

Well, as all of you would have known by now, Yusof is a big football fan. Yusof’s favourite is actually Manchester United, but the rest of his family supports Arsenal. So we decided to visit both stadiums.

We initially planned to book the tickets separately at the respective teams’ websites, but then we found this great website called Visit Britain Shop (www.visitbritainshop.com – the site where we also mentioned in our previous post that you can buy your Oyster card).

No price reductions, however (we had searched the internet extensively for a discounted entrance fees to both stadium). Prices were standard, no matter where you buy it. Only thing you gain when you buy at Visit Britain Shop is the convenience of buying them at one place! Not to mention you can also search for other places entrance tickets (together with promotional prices, if available). We would highly suggest this website if you do plan to buy any entrance tickets in the UK.

Enough said on this, let us now share with you the pictures of the rest of our Day 1 trip!

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Us, in front of the House of Parliament, its clock tower is also famously known as Big Ben. It was raining and traffic jam, so ignore the background 😛

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Shafa in front of the London Eye. Also still raining, but Shafa didn’t mind being drenched.

Buckingham Palace

Yusof, Shafa & Bang Shah (Shafa’s brother), getting all happy wefie-ing in front of the Buckhingham Palace. With the hope of bumping into any of the royalties, but no luck.

Well, we do plan to upload more pictures in this post, but something went wrong. They couldn’t be uploaded! We will continue again in the next post. Till then!

Europe Trip Day 1 Part 1 – Emirates Stadium (Arsenal)

It’s been a month since we arrived London, and we just want to start writing about our 1st day there. Sigh, we were too busy with work when we got back, but we vow to not let that be in our way!

Our 1st visit on September 15, 2015 was to the Arsenal stadium. It was drizzling that day, but we were too excited to be down about it!

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That’s Yusof with Shafa’s brother proudly standing in front of the stadium (with umbrellas :p)

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Yusof landing his hand to save Thierry Henry from being drenched.

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Yusof getting his photography inspiration. Football is his passion! 🙂

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“One day, I’ll be one of them” probably the voice in Yusof’s mind? :p

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Shafa enjoying her visit. She had no idea who were those guys, she only chose based on looks :p

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Yusof’s favourite player in Arsenal. 🙂

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Shafa’s getting all energetic!

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Somebody’s having press conference :p

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“Let’s go and play at the field! Who cares about the rain”.

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The MOST epic picture. Arsenal’s future manager. He he.

All in all, it was a great Arsenal stadium self tour with audio guide. Worth the £20 paid. 🙂

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